Drumming with Chris: First lesson Free!

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Chris is located in Windsor Locks, Connecticut and has taught percussion in the New England area to students ranging from the elementary school to retired adults.  He has taught students at his private studio for the past twelve years as well as teaching the percussion methods class at Boston University.  

Chris has experience teaching all percussion instruments, such as:

  • drum set
  • snare drum
  • mallets (two and four)
  • timpani
  • hand drumming

Chris is invested in providing an individually tailored curriculum to each student's lesson, specific to their needs and goals for development.  He is happy teaching a wide variety of student interests. Chris can work with any student whether their interest lies in:

  • having music in their life
  • students looking to improve their school ensemble playing
  • students looking to excel at regional and all state auditions
  • students interested in getting accepted to college music programs

He will work with each student to have an open dialogue about their goals for their performing and how they can work together to make those goals tangible achievements. Chris is able to teach lessons in an atmosphere that is most convenient for you whether that is in his private studio in Connecticut, traveling to your own house, or teaching via skype/facetime.  

Chris has been lucky enough to have been brought up in a musical family with his mother being a middle school music teacher.  Chris is especially experienced in teaching grade school percussion students himself. Growing up surrounded by his mother's rigorous teaching schedule, he has learned first hand the nuances to teaching students at varied levels of training.

Please contact him at CPLatournes@gmail.com regarding rates or fill out the form!

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"Chris Latournes is a highly recommended percussionist and music educator. Chris teaches private lessons to some of my public school percussion students as well as served as percussion instructor at the Suffield Summer Music Camp where I am co-director. Chris has a wonderful relationship with both his students and their families and truly educates students on appropriate percussion technique, musical elements, and the responsibility of being a musician student leader. Chris is always my first recommendation to parents who contact me interested in signing their child up for private lessons and I couldn't recommend a local percussion instructor more highly than Chris."- Amy Wilson Suffield Public Schools Grade 5 and 6


"Chris Latournes is everything you could want in a music teacher: he's highly-skilled, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, kind, and (above all!) patient. My eight-year-old looks forward to his weekly drum lessons, has made great strides as a percussionist, and currently wants to be 'either a drummer or a drum teacher' when he grows up." -J.L. (parent)


"We have been very satisfied with the experience Chris provides our students. They are musically literate, independent, and perform well on mallets, drum set, snare, and everything in-between. I am so happy to have such a reputable private instructor nearby."- Corey Killian, Suffield Public Schools


"Chris has been our drum teacher for three years. He has extensive knowledge of percussion and his teaching methods strike the right balance of emphasizing feel while mastering fundamentals.  His lessons are focused and varied.  My son has benefited greatly from Chris's instruction and was accepted into the Greater Hartford Youth Wind Ensemble (GHYWE) as well as Regionals the past two years.  Chris's understanding of these requirements for these programs ensured our success in auditions.  Furthermore, he is an easy going person who is flexible to our hectic schedule and is always excited to teach.  Chris is the ideal percussion instructor!"- James Lowe (parent)

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